May 28, 2023

Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission last week Friday, discovered the sum of N258 million kept in the vault at the head office of Sterling Bank in Abuja.

This development followed one of the commission’s operations at ensuring that commercial banks and other interest groups do not flout the bank’s directive.

The spokesperson for the anti-graft agency, Mrs Azuka Ogugua, revealed this in a statement obtained on Tuesday night.

The team however found out that only the sum of N5 million each was distributed to their various branches.“Both the Regional and Service managers were arrested and later granted administrative bail while investigation continues,” she said.

Similarly, the commission has effected the arrest of the Head of Operations, Keystone Bank, Mararaba in Nasarawa State for frustrating its customers at getting the new naira notes

The ICPC team, while on its routine operation, found out that the Automated Teller Machines at the branch were not dispensing to its customers, while other bank customers were accessing only N1000 notes.

“It was only after the arrest was made and clarification received from the CBN that the position of the officers of the bank was not correct that the ATMs started dispensing N5,000 to non-customers and N10,000 to its customers,”Ogugua said.

The team also arrested one Abdulkareem Shaibu, a security guard with Zenith Bank, 3rd Avenue Gwarimpa, as well as Ali Adam and Shafiu Umar.While Shaibu, the security guard was arrested for being in possession of five ATM cards which he was using to collect money for different unknown persons who were not within the bank premises at that time, Adam and Umar were arrested in front of Zenith Bank, 1st Avenue Gwarimpa, for selling the new Naira notes.

Marvelous Ogidi

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